Asta's Book

  • by Barbara Vine
  • Narrated by Harriet Walter
  • 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is 1905. Asta and her husband, Rasmus, have come to East London from Denmark with their two little boys. With Rasmus constantly away on business, Asta keeps loneliness and isolation at bay by writing a diary. These diaries, published over 70 years later, reveal themselves to be more than a mere journal. For they seem to hold the key to an unsolved murder and to the mystery of a missing child. It falls to Asta's granddaughter, Ann, to unearth the buried secrets of nearly a century before.

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It all depends ...

It all depends on if you can say r?dgr?d med fl?de. Harriet Walter has played Hedda Gabler in the past, so that may explain the Norwegian lilt but not the mispronunciation of Danish names and places. It wouldn't matter so much if there weren't lots of references to the language in the book. I expected better from such a good actor. This is Barbara Vine at her best and it's unabridged. It should have been an all time favourite, (especially for someone with Danish roots) but I can only give it 3 stars.

If you don't know Danish from Dutch and it's all Scandiwegian to you, then it won't matter and you can get on with enjoying the book.
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- Beryl Peril

Intriguing Story

If you are not a speaker of danish and not aware, as i was not, that the pronunciation is not correct, then the delivery of this captivating story is near perfect. It is unfortunate to give such a quality novel and beautiful reading an average rating of three stars, as the previous reviewer did, on a point which will be irrelevant to most listeners. One of the best Barbara Vine stories read with feeling.
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- Carrie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios